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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 23
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
126,162 miles

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This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2001 Chevrolet Impala engine problems

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2001 Chevrolet Impala Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #12

Dec 102013


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the technician was unable to diagnose a failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000 and the current mileage was 150,000.

- Mayville, MI, USA

problem #11

Mar 112013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
I have a 2001 Impala dies going down the road. The electrical gas gauge security light oil light temperature gauge do not work now. You can go to the store. Come out car won't start and some times it won't start for days or weeks. Sometimes I smell oil burning. If the buzzer goes off in the car the car won't start you can go down the road if you hear the sick sounding door buzzer go off be prepared to stop. Took it to the shop they can't figure out what it is. Most the time its running fine when they get it.

- Princeton, KY, USA

problem #10

Mar 282014

Impala 6-cyl

  • 187,000 miles
Air bag did not deploy causing strain of neck muscles, upper back injury, bilateral strain, contusion of multiple sites of my lower limbs bilateral. There have been several recalls on the Impala but due to negligence of GMC I am in pain my car was totaled and I have to purchase a new car. I will need assistance in price, payments, extended maintenance warranty at your cost and delivery of new vehicle to address I provide no fee also include tag payments. I contacted your complaint department last night and was told that I will be compensated in this will be taken care of as Chevrolet always takes care of their best customers.

- Winter Park, FL, USA

problem #9

Mar 082014


  • miles


The cooling overheat light went on and the car turned off on me and my child on the exit of the 170 fwy, it now makes a screeching sound like metal, the radiator leaks and something smells burned, the mechanic I went to that was close by said I have to now replace the engine and other expensive items that seem to fall under the 2001 Impala recalls, my fuel pump has an issue as well and the electrical problem even worse it turns of and on as it pleases.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 182014


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevy Impala. The contact stated that approximately 10 minutes after parking the vehicle in a residential driveway, the vehicle caught on fire. The contact indicated that smoke and flames were coming from under the hood of the vehicle. The contact attempted to extinguish the flames with a fire extinguisher but was unsuccessful. The flames were extinguished by the fire department, who confirmed that the fire had come from the engine. The contact indicated that prior to parking the vehicle, a slight odor of burning oil was present. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted in reference to the incident. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- 816 Rayston St, FL, USA

problem #7

Dec 312013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 2,200,000 miles
Drove car home from work. Parked in driveway. Came out 5 min. Later car was on fire under hood. Called fire dept. To put out. Total loss.

- Ada, KS, USA

problem #6

Nov 042013


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that while the vehicle was parked, the engine caught on fire. The vehicle was destroyed. The fire department was called to extinguish the fire. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The cause of the fire was not determined. The approximate failure and current mileage was 130,000.

- Plainville , KS, USA

problem #5

May 102013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked and caught on fire. The fire department was called and the fire was extinguished. The contact was advised that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 09V116000 (engine and engine cooling) for the spark plug retention wire, which had not been completed. The contact was advised that the defect was what caused the fire. The manufacturer advised that they would not repair the vehicle under the recall campaign. The failure and the current mileages were 130,000.

- Pikeville , KY, USA

problem #4

Feb 142013

Impala 6-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that after starting the vehicle, the engine exploded leaving the top of the engine in his front yard. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileage was 200,000....updated 04/25/13 updated 06/05/2013

- Middelton, MS, USA

problem #3

Dec 242012

Impala 6-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2001 Chevy Impala with a 3.8L V6. Monday around 9:45am I went outside to start my vehicle and I saw that the battery was dead so I got a neighbor of mine to come over with their car and put on jumper cables and allowed the battery to charge, after waiting for it to charge, I turned the key. When I turned the key I heard a loud explosion, and the plastic intake manifold exploded and caught on fire. The fire had to be put out with a fire extinguisher to put it out. I had plastic pieces all over. I want to know why I haven't received a recall on this if there has been reports of this issue.

- Morehead City, NC, USA

problem #2

Mar 232012


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Impala. The contact stated that the temperature gauged indicated that the vehicle was overheating but the contact did not notice a coolant leak or any smoke. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic for a diagnostic. The mechanic replaced a sensor. After the repair the check engine warning light illuminated and the temperature gauged still indicated that the vehicle overheating. The mechanic suggested the contact take the vehicle to the dealer. The contact did not take the vehicle to the dealer. The contact also stated that the steering wheel made a strange sound when turned. In addition, the steering wheel would jerk abnormally. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic and the mechanic advised that there was an issue with the steering shaft. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 182012

Impala 6-cyl

  • 159,444 miles
Fathers day I was driving my Impala about 9 miles to my house everything was fine the engine wasn't hot no warning that somthing was wrong. I have always maintained my vechicle kept up with work on it anyways I drove it home parked it went inside and not even 5 min later there was smoke and a fire had started underneath my hood. Looked like it was somthing electrical and all I have on the vechicle for insurance is liability.

- Hazelton , IA, USA

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